In an intriguing exchange following Sunday’s presidential debate, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway whether she would stay with the campaign to the bitter end.
She responded: “I’m with the campaign till the bitter end, unless” — at which point she paused and did not elaborate.
Matthews promptly asked: “Unless what?”
Conway gave a seemingly evasive answer, saying: “I’m sitting here as his campaign manager. I’m sitting right here with you, in the debate hall, where he just performed beautifully.”
Matthews then asked: “So you’re worried about more shoes dropping?”
Conway responded: “No, I didn’t say that. I’ve made a commitment and I believe that he would be a much better president — first of all, he won the debate tonight, clearly. And the reason you know he won the debate is (a), you watched it or (b), everybody’s going to talk about that he was standing behind her or in her space. I am committed to not letting Hillary Clinton appoint the next three or four justices to the Supreme Court.”
Conway later clarified what she meant with her “unless,” when she was pressed on the subject by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Maddow suggested that the “unless” might be related to some unforeseen revelation coming out about Trump, but Conway distanced herself from that suggestion, saying: “That is not what I meant.”
Conway explained: “I didn’t mean to alert the breaking news again, Rachel. The ‘unless’ is very simple: It’s unless someone in my household needs me or unless something changes in my own life.”